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Games, Animation and Visual Effects

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Games, Animation and Visual Effects

Alongside Japan and the USA, people in Britain are the biggest consumers of video games in the world. In fact, there are around 36.4 million gamers in the UK. The UK industry is worth almost £4.5 billion and sales for games were greater than the video and music markets in 2016. There are a huge variety of talent and skills that contribute to the industry. Illustration, games design, coding and visual effects are just a few examples of career pathways available in this sector. Technology has never been more sophisticated, and with constant innovation and advancement, there is a real need for talented individuals with the right skills to keep the industry on top.

Course Information

  • Levels available 3
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref GAMES
  • Location Chaffron Way Campus
  • Fees N/A

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What will I do?

This course covers all the fundamental skills required to be successful in this industry. You can expect to cover art, animation, visual effects, games design, principles of 3D design, maths and product programming and gain knowledge of how the respective industries work. You will develop sophisticated technical skills and project and production management, as well as gain valuable work experience. You will have the opportunity to attend gaming expos, The Harry Potter Studio tour, listen to expert guest speakers, and many more trips of this nature. Specific units include Fundamental Product Programming Skills, Visual effects (VFX) Fundamentals, 3D Tools, among others.

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What's next?

On successful completion of this course you can progress onto a range of higher education opportunities, including HNC/HND courses offered at the College. You could also progress onto university, specialising in animation, games design or more relevant options. Alternatively you may choose to start an Apprenticeship, or enter employment. Examples of roles include: production assistant, junior editor, or runner.

Is it for me?

If you know your video games like the back of your hand, are interested in their design, animation and production, have artistic flair and tech savviness, you can turn passion and skill into a career. Expert teachers with industry knowledge will provide you with an insight into the ins and outs of the sector and will help you kick start your career through live projects and contact with real games production companies to enable you to make your mark in the industry early on.

Enjoy creating and drawing characters, creatures or new worlds? Created a model in a graphics design class? Written a story? Filmed an adventure you’ve had with friends? If you do these things and you consider yourself to be a creative person who is willing to learn and develop technical skills, this course will teach you how to harness these skills and turn them into a successful career.

This course is a great way to decide where you fit into the games, animation and visual effects industry. Whilst on the course you will look at concept art for video games and film, and the fundamentals of games, animation and VFX. We look into programming, mathematics, how sound and artwork are used to create different worlds, and we do this centred around project based learning.

If you have a passion for creation and you want new and exciting ways to apply your skills then this course will enable you to realise your own ability to succeed in a constantly growing industry, as well as prepare for transition into university. The course covers so much and university is your opportunity to develop into a specialist, knowing what you as an individual want to do with what you’ve learnt. The skills you learn on the course set you up for some other great job roles, using software such as Photoshop, Illustrator and 3DSMax, you’ll be eligible to apply for graphics design roles.

Entry Requirement

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English.

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